THE FACTS ABOUT CHILDHOOD HOMELESSNESS
- There are, on average, 7,000 children who experience homelessness in Greater Cincinnati each year.
- Nearly half of children in the greater Cincinnati area live in poverty - between the 2nd and 4th worst rate in the country
- Kentucky has the worst childhood homelessness rate in the country.
- Today, in the U.S., the average age of a person experiencing homelessness is 9 years old.
- Only 25% of students experiencing homelessness graduate from high school.
- Profile of an average local family experiencing homelessness: single mother age 30 with 2 kids under 6
- Children experiencing homelessness are typically 2 to 3 years behind in school.
Cincinnati is ranked between 2nd and 4th for highest child poverty out of 76 major U.S. cities.
HOMELESSNESS IN THE PRESS
Invisible Child: Dasani's Homeless Life
New York Times, 12-9-13
Student homelessness reaches record high
CNN Money, 10-24-13
Homeless children: One local family's struggle to overcome poverty